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In their quest to lit incredible sceneries, 2 photographers teamed up to work on Earth’s greatest light show.

Here is a sneak peek to see how this incredible project came together with the ELB 400.

© Emil Sollie & Mats Grimsæth

"This is one of the most technical shots I’ve ever done!"

Emil Sollie

The shoot took place in Lofoten, a far flung speck of a town on Norway's smashed plate of a coastline. The surf is consistent and the place is renowned for its outstanding aurora borealis.

The proposal came by Norwegian photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth, who'd been talking for two years about, and trying to figure out how to pull off, shooting surfing under the planet's greatest light show.

"We were stoked that we got the shot!"

Emil Sollie

“To shoot a picture of surfing under the Northern Lights, there are so many elements that have to come together at the same time," explains Sollie. "This is one of the most technical shots I’ve ever done and one of the hardest pictures I had to capture.”

 

Emil and Mats used the ELB 400 for the aurora borealis photo! The unit was placed inside a waterproof bag and Mats was in the water close to the surfer, to lit him as close as possible.

 

"It was all dark and really hard to see anything. We were stoked we got the shot."

The picture contains both action and long exposure in one shot. "We left the shutter open for 6 seconds and froze the action with the ELB 400 along with the Skyport HS, it was the perfect unit for this."

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© Mats Grimsæth
Photographer Emil Sollie

 

Emil also tried to step up the flashgame shooting surfing with flashes during daylight as well. The combination of the Ranger power and the Skyport HS with Hi-Sync, it worked perfectly with 2 rangers on shore!

 

Sollie and Grimsæth first met in Portugal in 2014, and began scheming about the shoot right away. They just needed a talented – and, more importantly, willing – surfer to get onboard. "I could never imagine that we were going to do this project with Mick," Mats says. "Suddenly, I'm going to Lofoten with a world champion."

 

After a couple of days and nights waiting for the lights to appear, around midnight on the third day the shoot was finally, suddenly on. "You can imagine," says Fanning. "Half asleep, jumping in a wetsuit, and then just being wowed by all this stuff. It's something I'll remember forever."

Emil & Mats To Go Set

Emil & Mats To Go Set

  • ELB 400 Hi-Sync To Go Kit & FREE EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Canon

    More info

    ELB 400 Hi-Sync To Go Kit & FREE EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Canon

    EL10418.1-Canon

    Expires 9/30/17


    Built to be as portable as possible and weighing only 0.28 kg (0.62 lbs.), this head not only packs well but it is mountable in situations that would be impossible for a full-sized flash head. It also integrates a daylight balanced LED modelling lamp that produces the equivalent of 50W of tungsten light output. The HS designation denotes the system’s optimized head for Hi-Sync photography such as high shutter speeds or overpowering the sun and limits the gradient effect to a maximum. It is ideal to use in conjunction with the included FREE (for a limited time) EL-Skyport transmitter Plus HS for Canon.

    It includes a high quality bag dedicated to location which is fully adaptable to your needs.

    A strong and robust design which enables photographer to simply trigger and adjust flash power up to 200 m (656 feet) away, optimize reception by its swivel functionality and is powered by AA batteries. It also includes a high quality bag dedicated to location which is fully adaptable to your needs.

  • ELB 400 Hi-Sync To Go Kit & FREE EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Olympus

    More info

    ELB 400 Hi-Sync To Go Kit & FREE EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Olympus

    EL10418.1-Olymp

    Expires 9/30/17


    Built to be as portable as possible and weighing only 0.28 kg (0.62 lbs.), this head not only packs well but it is mountable in situations that would be impossible for a full-sized flash head. It also integrates a daylight balanced LED modelling lamp that produces the equivalent of 50W of tungsten light output. The HS designation denotes the system’s optimized head for Hi-Sync photography such as high shutter speeds or overpowering the sun and limits the gradient effect to a maximum. It is ideal to use in conjunction with the included FREE (for a limited time) EL-Skyport transmitter Plus HS for Olympus.

    It includes a high quality bag dedicated to location which is fully adaptable to your needs.

    A strong and robust design which enables photographer to simply trigger and adjust flash power up to 200 m (656 feet) away, optimize reception by its swivel functionality and is powered by AA batteries. It also includes a high quality bag dedicated to location which is fully adaptable to your needs.

  • Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Nikon

    $249.95More infoAdd to cart

    Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Nikon

    EL19367

    The Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Nikon represents the latest evolution in Elinchrom's venerable wireless ecosystem. It combines compatibility with three generations of transceivers and flash heads with cutting edge features like Hi-Sync flash sync speeds up to 1/8000 sec two way visual feedback and TTL with Manual Lock.

    Two Way Visual Feedback Interface
    The large LCD display of the Skyport HS features two-way control via a Visual Feedback Interface that lets you see the exact power of every light in your setup right on the transmitter. The individual strobes show up automatically on the screen, and users can control each light's power level and modeling lamp settings directly from the Skyport transmitter or on the strobe itself, which instantly shows the updated power settings.

    Hi-Sync and HSS
    Go beyond the X-Sync of your camera with two different flash synchronisation technologies; Hi-Synch and HSS. Hi-Sync is optimised for power and while HSS is easier to use and more consistent. The Transmitter Pro uniquely integrates both Hi-Sync and HSS so photographers can simply access sync speeds up to 1/8000s to freeze motion, overpower the sun, darken backgrounds, or use a wider aperture for a shallow depth of field.

    Hi-Sync is only achievable with Hi-Sync enabled flash heads and the Transmitter Pro must be used in manual mode while HSS only works with TTL enabled units with the Transmitter pro in either manual or TTL mode.
    Note: both technologies may be used simultaneously when the Transmitter Pro is in manual mode. (ex. ELB 1200 with Hi-Sync + ELB 500 TTL with HSS)

    Impressive Wireless Range
    The Skyport Transmitter Pro has 20 channels and 4 groups that can be used for either Normal or Speed mode, and a wireless range of 656' outdoors and 196' indoors. Users can instantly distinguish what sync mode they are in since the backlit display glows green for normal sync mode, and red for speed sync mode.

    Compatibility
    The Skyport Transmitter Pro is compatible with previous generations of Elinchrom flash units including the EL- Skyport Transceiver RX module for Style RX, Digital RX, and Ranger RX systems and the integrated EL-Skyport modules for the BRX, D-Lite RX, ELC Pro HD, and ELB series. The Skyport Transmitter Pro adds synchronization capability and two-way control functionality to all Elinchrom lights with EL-Skyport capability.

    User Updatable Firmware
    Designed to be a future proof, users can update the firmware of the Transmitter Pro via included mini usb cable. Current Skyport Plus HS owners can update to full Pro functionality via a free firmware update on Elinchrom.com

    $249.95
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  • Ranger RX Speed AS/S Head Set

    More info

    Ranger RX Speed AS/S Head Set

    EL10273.1

    This is a great set for outdoor use with HyperSync™.

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